Fall

Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch

Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch

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Now that Halloween has come and gone, I will admit that I am swiftly shifting into full-on holiday mode. My sister and brother in-law will be coming home from Florida in a few weeks for Thanksgiving and I am just so ready for all of those festive celebrations. Today I am back at it with my pals at Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza (formerly …

Pumpkin Ale Spiked Cider

Pumpkin Ale Spiked Cider

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You’ve probably heard me preach before about pitcher cocktail recipes being the best way to go for parties. It’s true! If you mix up a big pitcher of cocktails before your guests arrive, it frees you up to mingle instead of acting as bartender. I served up this pumpkin ale spiked cider at our housewarming party …

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

I promised over the summer when I shared my grapefruit Moscow mule recipe that I was going hard on Moscow mules from basically now until eternity. I’m making good on my word today, with your new favorite drink of fall! An apple cider Moscow mule made with cinnamon sugar, fresh apple cider and ginger beer, of course. We’re officially at the point where we keep ginger beer stocked in the fridge at all times. Because you just never know. Maybe …

5 Festive Fall Parties

5 Festive Fall Parties

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Yesterday morning I started the day on the phone with my dad discussing Thanksgiving. Bob and I are hosting this year because, frankly, we couldn’t hear of any other options with it being our first holiday season in our new home. With my huge family and his family combined, we will be serving up dinner for nearly 30 parents, siblings, nieces and nephews so two months out the preparations begin. Should we have a ham in addition to turkey? (Answer: …

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet

Sometimes it makes good sense to start the day with something super pretty. When it’s the week before Thanksgiving and that something happens to be in the form of a gorgeous Thanksgiving table and the yummiest looking dessert buffet you ever did see, well, then it’s even more appropriate. Today we’re talking about this beautiful Thanksgiving table styled by the ladies of Cacao Sweets & Treats. This elegant Thanksgiving spread was inspired by their amazing desserts, featuring a long organza table …

10 Awesome Back to School Ideas

10 Awesome Back to School Ideas

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This morning we are packing up and heading out for our big annual camping trip. I honestly can’t even believe that we’re at this point in the summer already! With Labor Day being a bit late this year, our trip is actually a week later than usual, too, making this next week the last week of summer vacation in our neck of the woods. Last year I collected a whole bunch of fun back to school ideas to share with you, …

An Ode to Fall Baking

An Ode to Fall Baking

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As promised, I wanted to share a few more images from the pretty harvest feast that we all loved earlier in the week. All of these photos were captured in the kitchen, before dinner, amidst a flurry of flour and garden fresh veggies. Looking at these images I was reminded why I love cooking and baking, especially this time of year. For me there’s usually music playing in the background and I undoubtedly end up with flour in my hair. …

Gorgeous Fall Lip Color

Gorgeous Fall Lip Color

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As I’ve entered my 30s, I’ve found myself wanting to experiment more with lipstick. Actual, real, grown up lady lipstick. I’m a gloss girl through and through. Usually tinted gloss with a good amount of pigment, but I’ve never strayed too far into wearing opaque lipstick. I find it kind of scary! Is that weird? Anyone feeling me? Right now I’m loving these rich lip color shades from Anthropologie, which are pretty perfect for fall and the upcoming holiday season. …

A Pretty Outdoor Fall Dinner Party

A Pretty Outdoor Fall Dinner Party

I’m crazy about a good dinner party. Lately we’ve had about zero opportunity to even think about hosting a dinner party, because of our crazy busy summer (you know, that whole song and dance you’ve already heard before.) That said, we’re hoping to finally invite a bunch of friends over in a few weeks for a big potluck dinner and this gorgeous outdoor fall dinner party that the lovely Lauren is sharing with us has my inner hostess feeling quite happy …

Spooky Glam Halloween Party Ideas

Spooky Glam Halloween Party Ideas

Ok! So it’s October. Let’s get this party started and talk Halloween, shall we? No doubt, spooky glam is definitely my go-to Halloween vibe. Loads of black and white, a few metallic touches and a hint of something creepy and you’ve got the job done! I’ve rounded up a bunch of my favorite tabletop picks for just such a Halloween bash. What I love most is that many of these pieces, when styled differently with a different mix of colors …

6 Favorite Fall Things

6 Favorite Fall Things

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A couple of weeks ago I shared 6 ways to cozy up for fall and now, wham! It’s October. Needless to say, I don’t quite know where the months have gone. Don’t we all feel that way when the last months of the year hit? Before you know it we’re all going to be making wrapping holiday gifts and pondering New Year’s resolutions and I’m just not ready to go there yet. I am, however, ready to soak up every …

A Pretty Persimmon Fall Centerpiece

A Pretty Persimmon Fall Centerpiece

Ok, friends. I get it. We’ve been talking about fall for a few weeks now, but now that fall is officially here as of today, I’m kind of in disbelief. Summer just went by so so quickly this year and after the bear of a winter we had last year, I’m just not quite ready to give up on the beautiful warm, sunny days that are the hallmark of our summers in the northeast. So what better way to embrace …